Real Fine Food x Redenta's

BACKYARD ORGANIC GARDEN

 

I was too scared to start a backyard garden in the past.

My opposite-of-a-green thumb had me tricked that I couldn't do it!

This year, with the help of the amazing organic gardening center, Redenta's, I took the plunge.

 

If you have also been hesitant to grow your own food, I recommend just DIVING IN like I did.

It's exciting, exhilarating and oh so satisfying. Not to mention a valuable skill.

Oh, and hey - there is NOTHING more delicious or nutritious than organic veggies and herbs

pulled from your own backyard.

Every single step of my aboveground backyard vegetable garden is below.

Most recent pics at top...go all the way back to see the progress from the beginning!

Click into the photos for more info on each step.

xo

April 8
April 8

Oh boy! Purple bean flowers this morning. Welcome to the world, little guys.

April 8
April 8

This little guy in the middle is the start of an okra plant. I ordered an Heirloom variety from Baker's called Orange Jing. I soaked the seeds overnight before planting. ALL of the seeds I put in are sprouting so will pull a few...probably. Definitely overplanting this year with my eager beaver first-timer attitude. haha.

April 8
April 8

These little sprouts will be mâche. A mellow, delicate, soft and delicious green I came across in Europe (esp France) last year as their common green (like our baby spinach). I like it waaaaay better than baby spinach and can't wait to pull it from my garden to my kitchen. !!!!

April 8
April 8

And the yellow beans, too. WOWIE!!

April 8
April 8

My potato plants are GOING OFF. I swear they do push ups at night while I sleep. The internet told me to tent dirt around the base once they are at 6 inches. So, here you go, plant.

April 8
April 8

Staked up the three largest tomato plants this AM with bamboo poles from Redenta's Garden Shops and some kitchen string. Is there a lovelier smell than tomato leaves?!?!? Couldn't stop sniffing my hands after.

April 8
April 8

I've been keeping a chart (see next photo) of where and when I'm planting things but left a few stakes in until I memorized some locations. Pulled these today and love seeing all the colors and names together. Can't wait to have them together on a plate!!

April 8
April 8

My garden "organization." haha

Garden Seating Seat Stealer!
Garden Seating Seat Stealer!
Apr 7
Apr 7

I've been letting my tomato plants grow free but prolly time to stake the bigger two. Growing so fast!! Will have little juliet's, big sweet reds, black prince's and black cherry. Also in this bed: two kinds of potato (leafy stuff in middle tier), sweet onion, red atomic carrots, orange globe carrots, basil, cilantro, arugula, onion chives, edge floral will pop soon, orange jing okra will fill in a little later as will jalapeño and bell peppers!

April 6
April 6

Babies. Want to let them grow up but so eager to check on (and eat!) them. First teeny easter egg radish on right. Those will be pink, purple, red, white as they come out. French breakfast's on left. Watermelon radishes coming in slowest. Can't wait to see them! All from seeds planted before the last snow. Amazing.⌚️

April 5
April 5

Yesterday, Natalia said, "I have no idea how to use a radish!" So I pulled out a couple of my pretty mature french breakfast's. Sliced them thin, chopped the greens, onto bread, into mouths. Everyone, "Mmmmm!!" Oh man, the veggies pulled and eaten immediately: !!! Soft leaves, moist radish that slices like buttah. Fresh, fresh, fresh delight.

April 4
April 4

Green bean blossoms!! So delicate and pretty. The purple beans are fighting to blossom second. Yellow will be last. Imagine them all on a plate together!

April 3
April 3

AMAZED at the daily progress. I'm actually adding this pic on April 8 and everything you see here has doubled in size

March 29
March 29

Frittata with some fresh stuff from my garden. Lovage, too, I forgot to mention! Love that herb. Celery family.

March 29
March 29

Grabbed a few ingredients from my garden to add to my Sunday Frittata. Lacinato kale, baby radish and onion chives. Eggs are from a local farmer, as is the potato.

March 27
March 27

Look how cool it is that the flowers and veins of the purple bean plant are so...dark purple.

March 27
March 27

I had a couple of these srange clusters and had to consult the chart I made. Potatoes!!

March 27
March 27

Squuuueeeee my little carrot sprouts are starting to show carrot-y leaves. I've been seeing famers already pulling out their big carrots on social media so I hope mine make it and grow in. I put the seeds in right before the freeze.

March 27
March 27

OMG one of my tomato plants hit puberty!! Time to create a squirrel guard.

Mar 18 2015
Mar 18 2015

My QC inspector checking out the radish sprouts I pulled yesterday eve when thinning out my radish rows. I pulled off the leaves and tossed them on top of my dinner plate last night. Hooray! That plate is on instagram : instagram.com/realfinefood

Mar 17 2015
Mar 17 2015

I am positively GIDDY seeing life start to burst from the seeds I planted!! Every day is a change and growth. On bottom are easter egg and french breakfast radishes and the top is the start of orange globe carrots peeking through. Eeeee!!! I asked Kim at Redenta's for more detail on "thinning." On the back of seed packets, it generally advises to plant a few seeds in each hole and "thin to XX inches once sprouts appear. Kim let me know that is so the strongest plant is left to thrive.

March 14 2015
March 14 2015

Secret Sauce. Josh says THIS IS THE STUFF. You only have to use a tablespoon per gallon of water, when you water. Which shouldn't be too often.

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

Hopefully they will enjoy their climbing area. I'm sure I'll have to expand it higher if they do well!

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

The bean vines need room to climb. I constructed them a climbing wall from bamboo sticks I grabbed at Redenta's and string. Luckily, didn't need the wire so it looks nice. Better lookin' than wire. And, natural.

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

Here is one of my green bean plants with the roots loosened.

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

Oh, you are a potato hole.

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

Who are you calling a potato hole?!?!!

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

I also planted a few potatoes in the top. But then Kim from Redenta's Garden Shops got back to me she had done a little research and potatoes and tomatoes maybe don't work so well side-by-side. So, I moved the potatoes to the second tier. However...I think I left one in the top so we'll see what happens. POTATO PLANTING: It all starts with...a potato. Little new growths facing up. Drop into 4" or so hole. Cover. Cross fingers.

Mar 14 2015
Mar 14 2015

TOMATOES (3) Bury all the way up to the high growth you left on. Allows for a sturdy strong base in the earth. I planted my tomatoes in the highest section of my 3-tiered box so they would have loads of room to root. Get strong, my tomato plants!